by Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Comments - A terrific portrait of Otani Oniji III as the yakko or low-ranking servant Edohei, from the play "Koi Nyobo Somewake Tazuna." The evil Edohei leans forward with a scowl, his lips tightly pursed and his body tensed. His hands are thrust out before him, the fingers spread wide. A fantastic, expressive figure and one of Sharaku's most famous prints. Beautiful natural colors and a shimmering dark silver mica background. Printed on tan paper to simulate an aged appearance. Very nice.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Image Size - 15 1/4" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.